Few places offer the opportunity to visit an age-old jazz club, see an Off-Broadway show or hang in a hip, new club all within the
Spanning seven avenues, the vibrant neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant is a showcase for old New York’s most notable architects and home to a diverse group of people who care deeply about keeping this developing neighborhood’s cultural history intact.
Bed-Stuy was the first neighborhood in New York City to be given a nickname. This happened in the 1940s, although the area we know as Bedford-Stuyvesant has been around for much longer. In the 1930s, many prominent Brooklyn families moved out to Bedford and Stuyvesant Heights, favoring modern houses that were equipped with garages to store their new automobiles. In the 1930s and 40s, African Americans living in Harlem also migrated to Bed-Stuy seeking to purchase homes. Actually, this is how the classic American jazz standard “Take the A Train” got its name.
Unbeknownst to most, Bedford Stuyvesant is just a hop, skip and a jump away from many desirable destinations and has a bevy of convenient and easy transportation options.
The landscape of Bed-Stuy has changed over the decades leaving behind a hodgepodge of ethnicities, lifestyles and communities. With this, a plethora of dining options have emerged on the scene. From old to new, and lavish to laidback, there’s something for everyone. Bed-Stuy is also well known for its Caribbean influence, which is why the jerk chicken and goat curry is arguably the best in the borough.
Few places offer the opportunity to visit an age-old jazz club, see an Off-Broadway show or hang in a hip, new club all within the cozy blocks of one small neighborhood. Bed-Stuy offers all of this and more. Whether you’re looking to hang with the locals in the corner dive bar or sate your thirst in a new school bar, this neighborhood has something for every night owl.
A perfect match for all of the eclectic backgrounds in Bed-Stuy is the multitude of things to do on any one of this neighborhood’s bustling streets. Whether you’re looking to spend a sunny day relaxing in a park or take a stroll down memory lane while winding through an antique furniture shop, there’s always a new and exciting place to explore in Bedford-Stuyvesant.